Recognition for the town of Parkes, its facilities and its cultural events continues.
Parkes Elvis Festival has been awarded its second accolade in as many weeks, taking home gold at the Local Government R H Dougherty Awards in Sydney.
The Festival, along with the Flavours of Mudgee Festival, were awarded joint winners of the Innovation in Special Events (Division A) category which acknowledges council owned or managed events that demonstrate innovation in their delivery.
Parkes Elvis Festival Director Cathy Treasure said, “each year we aim to make the Festival new, exciting and unique for all our Festival-goers and this award recognises all the creative staff, volunteers and contributors behind our quirky event.”
“In 2017, we introduced a number of new elements to the Festival to enhance the visitor experience, including the Heatbreak Hotels and misting fans, free water refill stations, Elvis public art, live streaming of events, and an innovative PR campaign that achieved a media reach of 200+ million worldwide.”
Council’s Brand and Marketing Manager, Katrina Dwyer was also recognised for the significant role she plays in the successful delivery of Council’s internal and external communications, awarded the R H Dougherty Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution.
Parkes Shire Mayor, Cr Ken Keith OAM said “Katrina is so deserving of this accolade, having dedicated herself to the organisation and our community for over 10 years.”
“Katrina extends herself well beyond the traditional confines of communications and marketing, applying innovation, teamwork and an egalitarian leadership style to consistently deliver successful outcomes.”
“Furthermore, Katrina’s enthusiasm encourages ambition and fosters individual growth among our staff, and we are so lucky to have her at Council to provide her expert support across the entire organisation.”
The RH Dougherty Awards are held annually during Local Government Week, recognising and encouraging greater understanding and communication by councils to their local communities.
The awards are managed by Local Government NSW (LGNSW) and are judged by leading experts in the communications field.